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port authority police officer in new york and new jersey, buried 13 hours in the world trade center. i want everybody to understand i came from a different country and i love this country i served the military and came out and became a cop. what i want everybody to know and want president obama to know, i feel like our country is divided. we need to come together as one. i get to talk to kids. the lady, the mother of that evil kid that shot those kids should have had enough common sense to think, hey, you know what i should be a responsible gun owner and take these guns and lock them out. out of the house and what i want people to remember is our flag is made out of the blood of patriots, do not give up your rights because when you give up your rights you're going to fight with blood to get the rights back. and that second amendment has given us every other amendment and as a sportsman, as a cop, guns are not the problem. we need to become a better country, need to become better parents and responsible. if we're responsible americans, human beings with
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our case, this country with be greater. >> i want to apologize we didn't get to hear from everybody tonight. i promise we will bring you back. it's sad a lot of media outlets won't give both nation's capital. stay close. >> tonight on huckabee. >> i barak hussein obama do solemnly swear that i will execute the office of president of the united states. >> the president starts his second term in office and will he able it to work with republicans and break the gridlock from the last four years. former house speaker newt gingrich joins us with his take. >> and assault weapons and ten round limit to magazines. >> clearing up the misconception of weapons, and
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arming teachers to keep our children safe. >> and after her uncle gave the famous speech, martin luther king's niece says america needs to wake up before a nightmare. >> ladies and gentlemen, governor mike huckabee. >> mike: thank you, thank you very much. a great studio audience and thank you for joining us, welcome to huckabee, live from the fox news studios in new york city. although he was actually sworn in today in a private ceremony, tomorrow is the day for the public swearing in for president obama to begin his second term. now, if the walkup to the festivities are any indication i've got no reason to believe he's going to seek to build bridges, work for consensus or abandon the flaming rhetoric calling those who oppose him irresponsible and unpatriotic. after the horrific mass murder of children and faculty at sandy hook elementary in connecticut there were many pledges of thoughtful and
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thorough efforts to prevent such atrocities. supposedly, everything would be on the table, not just access to firearms by criminals or mentally deranged people, but the mental health care system shall the role of violence in hollywood television and video games. and it was also going to be an honest review of possible changes in the law that would be based on hard data, not just the political agenda of one side. well, so much for that. as many of us feared, there will be no executive orders or proposed legislation that might rile the president's hollywood pals. none of the legislation proposed so far is really about comprehensive mental health care reform. it's all about firing up the same old plans from the left, to pass new laws that will limit the freedoms of citizens who haven't broken any laws. emotional rational has been, as the president said this week, if there's even one thing we can do to reduce this violence, if there's even one
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life that can be saved, then we've got an obligation to try it. >> well, we all want to save lives, don't we? so, here is something hopefully that the president can agree to. since he says he wants to save the lives of children, we can start by ending the national nightmare of the destruction of more than a million unborn children a year, who didn't die at the end of a madman's gun, but at the end of abortionists scalpel and scraper. it's been 40 years this tuesday, since the extreme court reached beyond the constitution and created the notion that there are some lives not worthy to be lived. the familiar, but utterly false declaration of many liberals that they want abortion to be rare, but safe is an insult to the intelligence of anyone who thinks that more than a million deaths a year from abortion constitutes rare. it's hardly safe to the mother. and certainly not to the baby.
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we said that we want our schools to be a safe sanctuary for our children and we all agree on that. can't we also agree that a mother's womb should also be a safe sanctuary for our children? i'll take the president at his word when he says that if we could do one thing to save one life, it will be worth it. well, mr. president, i await your intervention to save not one, but a million lives a year. let's end this slaughter. [applause] well, america's rising debt is going to be an issue that president obama's going to have to deal with early in his second term, after raising taxes and offering no spending cuts a few weeks back, here is what president obama said monday about the debt ceiling. >> so i want to be clear about this, the debt ceiling is not a question of authorizing more
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spending. raising the debt ceiling does not authorize more spending, it simply allows the country to pay for spending that congress has already committed to. >> mike: well, according to the congressional record, in 2006, then senator barack obama had this statement just before a debt ceiling vote and i quote, the fact that we are here today to debate raising america's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure, it's a sign that the u.s. government can't pay its own bills, it's a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our government's reckless fiscal policies. leadership means that the buck stops here. instead, washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today on the backs of our children and grandchildren, therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase america's debt limit. in 2008, candidate obama
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blamed president bush and called the growing debt unpatriotic. >> number 43 added 4 trillion dollars by his lonesome so that we now have over 9 trillion dollars of debt that we are going to have to pay back, $30,000 for every man, woman and child, that's irresponsible. it's unpatriotic. >> mike: unpatriotic. 9 trillion dollars in debt 2008. we're 16 1/2 trillion dollars in debt today. all right. joining me now, former house speaker newt gingrich. mr. speaker, great having you with me tonight. [applause] >> good to be with you, governor. i must say that was a terrific lead-in and one i kind of wish the president had seen. >> mike: well, i want to begin asking you, does it strike you as odd? the media hasn't really called the president account-- to account for this rapid evolution that he's had on the
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viability of the debt ceiling. >> well, i think the conservatives have to learn a couple of lessons out of the last four years. one is that the elite media will never hold him to account for anything. and the other is that he is who he is. he's a liberal democrat or a radical democrat, who wants bigger government, higher taxes, more power in washington. redistributionist policies and secular values and that is who he is and i think rather than hoping he'll somehow moderate, we should set our own agenda and we should look where we have leverage. i actually think, mike, that the house republicans were very wise in williamsburg to decide that they were not going to fight over the debt ceiling over the next three months, get na out of the way for 90 days and then focus on the continuing resolution, on the sequester. because they fit exactly what the president said. this is real spending. i mean, under our constitution, nothing can be
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spent that the house does not pass. and so, the house republicans really have an opportunity to set a whole new standard not trying to figure out what kind of deal obama wants, but deciding what in good conscience they're willing to past. >> mike: in your experience as speaker of the mouse and somebody who as really engineered the republican takeover of the house back in the 1994 elections, speak to what you advise republicans to do in dealing with the president? because he's going to come out saying it's all the republicans fault they won't work with me. >> first of all shall every republican should take the two quotes you've given them tonight. post them on their website, every single house and senate republican and say i am very impressed with this earlier vision of barack obama. i think that he had it right. it's unpatriotic, it's immoral, it is wrong and therefore, i'm going to do my part and my role to make sure that we fix it. now, i would love to see every
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house republican go to the house right at the center of the capitol, in the rotunda, is a copy of the mag na carta, 1215, almost 800, 900 years ago, in 1215, the nobles said to the king, you cannot spend money that we don't approve raising and the king was in a weak position and said, yes. and all of the legislative branch rose out of that historic moment and the legislature has every right to say we're not going to pass and we're not going to give you the money and because of the situation they find themselves in, could have a devastating effect of april 1st not passing certain things. what if they decided, for example, not to fully fund the bureau of alcohol, tobacco and firearms and said, no, we're not going to fundamentally implement them, it would be
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illegal to try to implement it. and ronald reagan discovered in the iran-contra process, the power of congress to say you can't spend the money, is 100%-- remember, the first public speaker in 40 years, we met the contract, we closed the government twice, for six days in november and 21 days in december and january of 1995-1996. it was after we closed it that bill clinton came to the capitol and said to the state of the union the era of big government is over. he didn't do that because he got there himself. he did that because he recognized that a congress that was determined to shrink government was changing the terms of his presidency. >> mike: i am 'm going to get t some of the moments of almost 20 years ago and talk about today. and talk about the president as gun control plan, it wouldn't be the first time that washington has banned so-called assault weapons. back when the speaker was in office in 1994, congress
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passed a similar law. coming up, i'm going to ask newt gingrich about how he felt about the ban then, and then compare it with the plan that the president is putting forth now. you've got to stay with us. we're going to get to all of that when we return. i'd like to hear from you, go to my website, mikehuckabee.com and tell me what you think there. or sign up for my facebook or sign up for my facebook page and fthe boys usetwitter. capital one venture miles for their annual football trip. that's double miles you can actually use. tragically, their ddy got sacked by blackouts. but it's our tradition! that's roughing the card holder. but with the capital one venture card you get double miles you can actually use. [ cheering ] any flight, anytime. the scoreboard doesn't lie. what's in your wallet? hut! i have me on my fantasy team.
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(applause) >> and we're back with former speaker newt gingrich. newt, when we were talking earlier about the government shutdown, a lot of people to this day will say, oh, but the republicans, they shut the government down, it hurt a lot of people. do the republicans run the risk of a public relations nightmare if they actually create a government shutdown? >> well, first of all, i don't think we need to create a government shutdown. i think they should pass pa series of continuing resolutions. one could be for national defense, for the whole rest of the year. one could be for the department of labor and department of housing and urban development, a few other places like that. my guess is you could cut them by 20, 30% and the average american would think that's perfectly reasonable. now, then it would be up to the senate democrats or the president to decide whether or not they were going to force a government shutdown, but i don't think that republicans should set out to have a
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shutdown, but they shouldn't be afraid of saying there are things we are not going to spend money on. we're going to get this budget under control, and if that requires a confrontation, then that's the price of self-government. remember, i also have to remind people, 1994 is the first republican house majority in 40 years. 1996 is the first reelected republican majority in the house since 1928. i always say to people, if the shutdown hurt us so bad, how come we were the first republicans people believed in enough to rehire in 68 years? >> i think that's an important point. i hope you're getting that message to the house republicans and i hope they're hearing it. i really do because i think sometimes we forget that when the republicans started losing ground, was when they stopped living by their principles and went back on the contract with america, because the contract with america was very, very popular. people believed that it was understandable.
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let's talk about the, i like to say so-called assault weapons ban because i refuse to believe at that we're banning true assault weapons. we're banning things that people are afraid because of the way they looked. that happened nearly 20 years ago, didn't have a big event. let's talk about what was the basis behind it and the similarities in the proposals this time? >> there are liberals who want to eliminate all guns, they passionately believe in it, sin veer about -- sincere about it. and they're wrong. there are no military weapons available except for extraordinary licenses for special collectors. the common weapons they're describing are deer rifles and used for deer hunting or target practice, but they're not assault weapons in a true military sense. those would be illegal. i have a challenge for everybody who cares about this issue. the house and senate should both hold hearings in chicago.
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chicago is the president's hometown, his former chief of staff is the mirror of chicaayo, they have strict gun control and in fact they're the murder capital of the united states. i think three days of hearings where the house judiciary committee went through days by days every person killed last year in chicago, i believe the number is 506 people killed in chicago last year. if these gun control laws worked, why is chicago so unsafe? and if they don't work, maybe we should look at things like dealing with the mentally ill. dealing with much better policing. rudy guiliani had a huge effect on safety in new york city and he used the police very intelligently. so, there are a number of steps we should take, but i think it's -- i find it offensive to take a tragedy involving children in one town and turning it into a demand for actions which have nothing to do with saving those children and in fact, wouldn't
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have saved those children. >> mike: and i also just want to ask you to speak to the media's love affair with the president. will that continue in your opinion? or will they at some point in this second term begin to question even some of the things like we started this segment with in the clear contradictions? >> oh, i think there's going to be some erosion. i think that the number of, for example, pretty smart reportering out that the president told us that al-qaeda was defeated, al-qaeda was collapsing, al-qaeda was disappearing and how it's in mali, it's in algeria. i mean, there's pretty -- there are moments when the facts get to be so big that even left wing reporters can't quite hide from them. but i think you have to recognize, mike, i think in my entire lifetime the media has been further and further to the left. just as the economic world has been further and further to the left. and i think we conservatives have to go out, create our own
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conversations, build our own websites, do what you've done so brilliantly, both on radio and in books and television, recognize we're creating an alternative to what may well be an impossible to redeem left-wing institution. >> mike: mr. speaker, always great to visit with you. and i love the practical solutions you bring. people can get your newsletter free if they want to go to gingrich productions.com. i bet a lot of people will. mr. speaker, thank you for being here today. [applause] >> earlier today, the senior presidential advisor, and senator chuck schumer said they were pretty confident, that congress is going to approve the president's gun plan, but a firearms expert says that the plan is not the solution when keeping our children safe from ruthless killers. killers. he will he' explain why when
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(applause) >> president obama revealed his plan to put an end to gun violence. >> congress should restore a ban on military style assault weapons, and a ten-round limit for magazines. [applaus [applause]. the type of assault rifle used in aurora, for example, when paired with high capacity magazines has one purpose, to pump out as many bullets as possible as quickly as possible. to do as much damage using bullets often designed to inflict maximum damage. >> mike: all right, when the president describes what assault weapons are, does he really know what the heck he's talking about? well, my next guest does.
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he's a firearms expert and here to clarify what a gun looks like and how lethal it is. joining me now is larry, who i think wrote the best and most definitive and thorough article understanding this whole issue that i've ever, ever read by anybody anywhere. we've got to posted on my website. mikehuckabee.com and the link, too long to read it, but i'm glad you're here and help us understand, when people use this term assault weapon, where are they going wrong? >> well, thanks for having me on of the governor. the problem is it's kind of a nebulous political term. as far as actual gun people go there is a such thing as an assault weapon, but they have been regulated in america since before they were invented. what these people are referring to as assault weapon today is actually just a standard, semi automatic
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magazine-fed firearm that they have some features on, mostly cosmetic. that make these people uncomfortable. they're not any more deadly or dangerous in any other firearm use for self-defense. >> in fact, i told my staff i went deer hunting this past tuesday and the rifle i used was far more powerful than the bushmaster that everybody is upset about. we've got a picture of the bushmaster, larry. what i want you to do is describe some of the futures because there are five specific things that are proposed to be banned. one of them is the flash suppresser at the end of the barrel. tell us about the flash suppresser and why would that be banned? >> the flash suppresser, all it does as expanding gases exit the muzzle diverts them off to the side, instead of directly straight ford. the only thing that does, it doesn't get in your face as much.
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you don't get blinded as much in the dark. it doesn't make the gun any more dangerous, in fact, when i hear suppresser, i think people are thinking like movies, like a suppresser, or a like a sound silencer in the movie. that's not what it does the at all. it's a bird cage so you're not getting as much gas back in your face. >> another piece of the weapon is the barrel shroud and the barrel shroud again is one of the items marked specifically to be banned. what does it do? >> the barrel shroud is a cosmetic piece of sheet metal that goes over a barrel to keep you from burning your hands. if your barrel is hot and you pick it up by the barrel, you touch the sheet metal instead of the barrel. it doesn't really do anything. it's kind of a joke, because back during the last assault weapons ban, cynthia mckinney, somebody asked her what is a barrel shroud.
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>> she said i think it's a shoulder thing that goes up. (laughter) . i'm glad thousands of us inadvertently committed felony because we might have a thing on the shoulder that goes up. >> mike: and let's talk about the magazine, one of the pieces of the president's proposal, let's ban high capacity magazine and heard the press secretaries, this is just common sense. well to some of us it's not so common. explain why that doesn't make people safer. >> well, it's actually, there's a few parts to this. first off, logistically banning magazines will do nothing there are hundreds ever millions of them already in circulation. for legitimate self-defense use we want magazines that hold more rounds. no one survived a gun fight and said, doggone it i wish i wouldn't have brought the extra bullets. you want as many rounds as possible. unlike the movies when you shoot somebody, they don't
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just stop. sometimes you have to hit them repeatedly. sometimes they penetrate what they're behind. and as far as the bad guys, mass shooters if they have less bullets in the gun he's not going to be able to shoot as many people. and what we have he a seen in mass shootings, the bad guy picked the engagement and decides when to start shooting and where to start shooting. he usually carries multiple weapons. and me, you or anybody defending ourselves, we want as many rounds in the gun as possible, we don't get to pick the engagement, the bad guy does. and we have to responde. >> mike: larry, we have only have two minutes, but, the grip how you hold it. >> makes no difference whatsoever. >> and the stock, the scary
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feature think that it's a big deal. >> all it does, you can size it up and down for your length of pull on your gun. i'm 6 foot 5. if i want to go shooting with my wife, and we can collapse it down to her and use the same gun. otherwise the gun is too large. if little kids want to shoot gun i can resize it, way, shape or form i want to continue this, and should teachers be armed in school. and you don't want to miss what larry has to say, we'll [ male announcer ] this is joe woods' first day of work. and his new boss told him two things -- cook what you love, and save your money. joe doesn't knowt yet, but he'll work his way up from busser to waiter to chef before opening a restaurant specializing in fish and game from the great northwest. he'll start investing early,
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"huckabee." ner, now, back to huckabee. >> we're back with larry and i want to remind you again, larry has written what you'll convinced is the most methodical, logical and rational understanding of this
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entire issue that i've ever seen, a long and thorough piece, we've got a link at mikehuckabee.com. and i want you to read it if you're rd in a lot mo-- interested in it in a lot more depth. the and nra proposed it and the president's plan seems more like armed police officers, resource officers, but you say if we had teachers who were trained in schools and were armed, they could prevent the kind of shootings, or at least maybe stop them before they get out of hand, like what happened at sandy hook. but that scares people, armed teachers. should they be afraid of that? >> no, and when i say armed teachers, i don't mean mandatory arming all teachers by no means, but most people don't realize that already in the state of utah, there are armed teachers because basically our concealed weapons laws allow the carrying of firearms in schools by, you know, legal people. so, if you have a teacher who has a concealed weapons
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permit, somebody who's volunteered to go through the process and go through the background checks and they wish to carry a firearm at work, they do so. the gun is concealed. nobody knows the gun is even there until it has to be produced and we've been doing this for several years now, and i have people tell me, well, you know, the teacher is not as trained as a police officer. well, that's true, but they don't need to be navy seals, they need to be speed bumps. what we've seen over and over again with the people, the violent mass shooters, tend to be operating in a fantasy bubble and they will attack and be hurting people and when they get an immediate violent response and resistance, they tend to have that fantasy bubble burst and usually kill themselves or surrender. now, if the police are your immediate violent response a lot of times that's five minutes, ten minutes that that bad guy can be there shooting people. if you have armed teachers or a principal or a school bus driver, a janitor, whatever it
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may be, a parent that's visiting, those people can respond immediately. worse case scenario, the bad guy is going to be concentrating on killing them instead of the children and that will at least buy more time. so, it's just installing speed bumps is what i'm proposing. >> mike: what's wrong with gun-free zones? that seems to be one of the big solutions that people think ought to work? >> they just don't work. people think of gun-free zones like, i put up a sign says no guns allowed. think about it, you're a mass killer, looking to become the most famous person in the world and you're going to a place you can get the body count and everybody in the media will talk about you for weeks and the president will hold a press con try to understand you and you're going to the place with all the victims. where can you go you won't face an immediate violent response? a gun-free zone. what we've been seeing over and over for decades almost all of our mass shootings have taken place in the supposed gun-free zones.
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it's just without fail and people tend to think of the sign, no guns allowed. it's not a cross that wards off vampires. bad guys look at that, this is a hunting preserve of innocent people and i'm going to go there, plenty of time to work. the shooter in the batman movie, he went to a theater that was posted no guns allowed. and here we had a shooting at the mall posted no guns allowed. we see this over and over and over again. they just simply don't work. >> mike: larry, i can't tell you how much i appreciate your response and being here and again, i want to point people to your article, i hope that they will get to know more about you because i think if they do they'll understand this issue in a very thoughtful and a rational way. something that we're missing in the entire debate. lar
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larry correia, thank you. >> it's been years since dr. martin luther king gave the "i have a dream" speech. and his niece, alvita king reflects on her uncle's legacy here in
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. >> mike: and five decades ago, segregation was very much alive in parts of america, a time when a black man couldn't buy a bus ticket at the same window that a white man bought his and couldn't wait for the the bus in the same room as whites and it's important to remember as we do this weekend, the man who led the charge in segregation. >> dr. martin luther king, jr.
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was a baptist minister from atlanta, georgia. he fought to overturn the jim crowe laws not with violence, but peace. >> we seek nonviolence and passive resistance and still determined to use the weapon of love. >> mike: that was in alabama, where dr. king was leading the montgomery bus boycott to end the days where blacks had to give up their seats for whites, the boycott lasted more than a year until a court put an end to segregation on buses. through the leadership conference dr. king worked with other civil rights lead towers bring the movement for equality not just for the south, but throughout the nation. >> i still have a dream. >> yes. >> it is deeply rooted in the american dream. >> mike: in 1963, dr. king brought the march to washington and announced his dream for all to hear. >> i have a dream that one day
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this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of this creed. the children who will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. i have a dream today. >> mike: the power of those words forced washington to take action and a year later, the civil rights act of 1964 became law. making it illegal for federal and state governments to discriminate based on color, sex, or religion. dr. king's mission brought him to selma, alabama in 1965. he attempted to lead a march to the state's capitol, but mob and police violence forced them to stop. that day became known as bloody sunday. >> somewhere i read of the freedom of speech. somewhere i read of the freedom of press. somewhere i read that the
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greatness of america is the right to protest for rights. >> mike: dr. king protested until the day he died by an assassin's bullet in memphis. his voice may have been silenced, but his message lives on 45 years later. joining us now from atlanta is dr. martin luther king, jr.'s niece, my good friend alvita king. >> hello, governor huckabee. it's good to be here and to the audience, hello. >> mike: well, you know, when i hear the words of your uncle, i am deeply, emotionally moved because i remember in my lifetime i've seen this incredible change in our country because of his dream and his willingness to put his life on the line to see it happen. as a member of the family, i want you to speak to, as you see america today, an african-american president inaugurated for the second
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time. tell me what's right with his dream and what we're falling short with. >> well, just from the clip that we all just saw and heard, my uncle said he was determined to continue to use the weapon of love. and so, this president right now, and we are definitely praying for the president and i even have a prayer that as he and others handle the lincoln bible and the king bible, that the bible won't just be a ceremonial piece, but it will be so compelling that they'll be moved not only to read some of it, but to do it. and yet, we're talking now about gun control, and not taking up that weapon of love, that weapon that never fails. and we are want to go control the guns and take the guns away, but allow others to use them with certain restrictions and no restrictions, but forgetting that message of the
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love, and that's one of the points and yet we'll realized the killing of a certain people group in america and that's the little babies in the womb of course, and still, you want to take away the guns, but you're not going to control the abortion industry. so, there are some discrepancies between the message of the current administration and the whole nation and the whole world today, and those messages that are timeless from martin luther king, jr., and it it boils down, governor, to love for our neighbors and ourselves. >> mike: you've pointed out roe versus wade and there's a certain irony that the same week the first african-american president is being inaugurated for a second terl a term and the anniversary we celebrate your uncle's birth and the 40th anniversary of this massive genside and
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infa infantcide. and yet we have-- reproductive genocide and that's the lives of the little babies in the womb. the land mine decision of roe versus wade 40 years ago and now we have at least 55 million legal deaths of little babies and so, that is something that would be shocking to my uncle, dr. martin luther king, jr. at the same time, you have the landmark anniversary of the emancipation proclamation that happened on january 1st and then later this year, 50 years of the "i have a dream" speech and so it's almost like a dichotomy. two things going on at once. we're giving lip service to the messages of martin luther king, jr. and yet, doing just the opposite. and so, i want to call america and actually the whole world to remember the apostle of love. the 20th century apostle of
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love, the black moses, so when we look at a president with brown skin, let's remember that there was a man who wanted people to be judged for the content of their character and not the color of their skin. >> mike: very well said, alvita. let he me just remind our audience, the king family has written a new book that pays tribute to the civil rights leader and i'll talk to alvita about that and have some closing thoughts after the break. stay with us. [applause]. for the new mattress models
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loved the lord, who fought for peace. who stood for love. that is not the prophet and the man of god america, nor the world remembers and he prayed often and through the movement. today, i believe he was -- we need to have humility. and to take our issues to the lord in prayer. i know that is what he was saying if he can join us today.
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>> one of the things i remember reading because you know, i remember thinking dr. king was a great civil rights leader, then, i read the text of the, i want to use the term, his sermon. his speeches were really sermons. i remember doing a project and read dozens and dozens. what amazed me is that he didn't want to be known as a civil rights leader. he wanted to be known as a preacher of the gospel. >> yes. >> yet that is not talked about all that much today because i guess it's politically incorrect to mention it. >> i brought one of his prayer books with me. i'm just going to read one line from his own prayer. he asked god to grant us visions to lift us from worldiness and sin through jesus christ we pray, amen that. is the heart of the man. you're saying when you read his sermons and listen to his
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sermons or read his prayers you can get the heart of the man that found the courage to love his neighbors and enemies and to face everything that came towards him with love and he really did. that was the way he was. >> thank you for being here and i want to say thanks to the family for putting together a magnificent become of tribute. dr. alveda king, god bless you and thanks for joining us. >> thank you. >> well, so the president took his oath for the second term today. on monday, he's going to do so again in the public ceremony on the steps of capitol hill as we anticipate, the president's second inaugural address, let's take a look back and see a memorable quote from president reagan, noted for dozens of great quotes. his first as president came in 1981. >> insent crisis, government is not the solution
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to our problem. government is the problem. >> i sometimes wish read weed listen to ronald reagan yet again. i think a lot of us would recognize government is the problem and the people, the people with their ideas and their heart, and their passion, they are the solution. i'm not pessimistic about america, i'm optimistic as long as i believe trr there are american that's don't put trusts in politicians and government but put their trust in the lord and in the constitution, and in the future of americans doing great things. the current president keeps reminding us we ought to relie on government to take care of us but that is a very different message from the one john f kennedy made when he was inaugurated. >> to all my fellow americans ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for our country.
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>> my fellow citizens of the world, ask not what america will do for you, but what, together we can do for the freedom of man. >> you know when i hear that wonderful quote by president kennedy, i heard it all my life. i don't hear a democrat. he was a democrat. but i hear an american. i hear an american president who inspired my generation but he inspired to us believe that we couldn't expect the government to simply give us things. to make it easy for us. he challenged to us join the peace corps. he challenged us not to see what government could do for us, but what we can do to make america a better and a brighter place for the
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generations who would come, america's strength has been not so much from what people have done for us, but what, rather, we have done for the next generation. i hope we'll take that to heart. from new york, good night.
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